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Making Right Choices: an Ethnographic Investigation of Creativity and Performativity in Four Swedish Schools
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2009 (English)In: Oxford Review of Education, ISSN 0305-4985, E-ISSN 1465-3915, Vol. 35, no 6, 689-704 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
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This article uses ethnographic research from two Year 8 classes in two middle-sized secondary schools about a kilometre apart in a Swedish west-coast town to examine how new policies for personalised learning have developed in practice, in the performative cultures of modern schools in a commodity society. One school stands in a predominantly middle-class area of privately owned 'low-rise' houses. The other is in an area of 'high-rise' rented accommodation, where the first language of many homes is not Swedish. The differences are important. According to the article, personalised learning mobilises material and social resources in these schools that support new forms of individualistic, selfish and private accumulations of education goods from public provision and a valorisation of self-interest and private value as the common basis for educational culture. The article describes this cultural production in school and links it to processes of cultural and social reproduction.

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Routledge , 2009. Vol. 35, no 6, 689-704 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2650DOI: 10.1080/03054980903122267Local ID: 2320/5689OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-2650DiVA: diva2:870744
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